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Jul 9, 2011 8:00am EDT
after trying to make a jailhouse visit? ♪ >> and a big turnaround for the music industry. how artists like lady gaga played a big role in the recovery. >>> good morning. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc saturday. first we go to the legacy of betty ford. the former first lady completely changed the way americans talk about addiction, breast cancer, and other tough issues that people used to deal with in silence. mrs. ford died last night at the age of 93, and she said she was an ordinary woman called on stage at an extraordinary time. nbc's brian williams has more. ♪ >> reporter: we got to know her all over again during the week of mourning for president gerald ford, her strength and dignity still intact 30 years after leaving the white house. >> i was an ordinary woman called on stage at an extraordinary time. >> the president's first and our first lady, betty ford. >> reporter: elizabeth bloomer ford, never expected to be anything other than a congressman's wife. >> his wife, betty ford. >> reporter: but she became first lady the day richard nixon resigned. it was, she later said, t
MSNBC
Jul 5, 2011 12:00pm EDT
republicans. that would offer a big challenge to mitt romney. >> keith, why is at this moment rick perry holding out? >> i wish i could tell you what's going on inside rick perry's head. i think he's probably deciding if he's a legitimate candidate. if he can win the gop nomination. i think he is threatened by michele bachmann. i think she's sort of obviously protects the same type of people that are part of her base, part of his base. there's the question of electablity. if he wins the gop nomination, could he win the presidency? could he beat obama obama? i'm not convinced he could. >> what do you think, john, who would be the builtest threat to barack obama of three? >> i think romney would be the biggest threat. i think perry would come in second and i think that bachmann could would come in third. mitt romney has the organization out there. he has a compelling story when it comes to turn around artists. he turned around the olympics. he turned and massachusetts and turned around -- i think people want a turn around artist. perry has a story to tell about what he's done in texas as f
MSNBC
Jul 17, 2011 10:00am EDT
outside the jail. what can be next for this young woman. >>> and breaking news this morning. a big arrest in the ongoing brit hacking scandal. one of the people closest to the head of newscorp taken in by police. >>> and countdown to a deal. new reports that the president and congressional leaders may meet today to try to hammer out a debt ceiling agreement. will this go down to the wire? good morning, everyone. i'm richard lui in for alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." top of the hour four, after nearly three years behind bars casey anthony is a free woman this morning. the 25-year-old was released from jail in orlando just after midnight eastern time 12 days after she was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter caylee. outside the jail hundreds gathering carrying signs and protests of support -- or support, rather, of anthony. inside, one nbc news photojournalist was in the processing room when casey was released. he describes what happened. take a listen. >> she was just tunnel vision to the door. and that's when i think i saw that, you know, that smile or relief,
MSNBC
Jul 28, 2011 12:00pm EDT
>>> good thursday, everybody. i'm contessa brewer covering the big news coast to coast. we begin with breaking news out of texas, where authorities have arrested an army private assigned to fort campbell, kentucky. officials found bomb-making materials in his hotel room. that arrest came after someone reportedly overheard the private threatening to stage an attack on the army post at fort hood. fort hood was the scene of a deadly shooting attack in november 2009. major nadal hassan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others. pete williams has the latest from washington now. pete, what do you know about this arrest of the private? >> reporter: right. well, good afternoon. you saw killeen, texas on that map. that's where he was arrested. he's a private first class assigned to fort campbell, but arrested in texas yesterday and according to law enforcement officials, what happened is he went into a gun store in killeen, texas and was asking questions that the gun store owner thought was suspicious. he was also buying smokeless powder which can be used for a variety
MSNBC
Jul 30, 2011 7:00am EDT
. you have a big group of new freshman republican members in the house. they are not budging. they're not listening to just about anybody. it's -- they're going on what they believe is a mandate with this big tea party election in 2010 and they haven't really budged. you're seeing business leaders on wall street saying do something, do anything. this group of freshman republicans aren't really budging. will it have been an impact heez emails and phone calls, who knows. it may mean that house republican leaders have to shift away from what these small group of freshman republicans want. we'll see if it has an impact or not. there's not a whole lot of time left. >> indeed. thank you so much. we will be talking with nbc's chuck todd in a few minutes. >>> the first tropical system of the year has fizzled out. tropical storm don has weakened into a tropical depression. the storm made landfall along corpus christie. it brought little relief to the record breaking heat in the lone star state. here's with your saturday forecast bill karins. good saturday morning to you, bill. >> all the hy
MSNBC
Jul 2, 2011 7:00am EDT
'll hear the latest on the debt ceiling. a big weekend in florida. the closing arguments expected in the casey anthony trial. the big question did the defense drop the ball on a key witness? >>> fast food nation. not the united states, but russia. it's the american invasion of the former soviet union where you're going to find surprising places to eat. >>> skyrocket on the fourth of july. not fireworks but prices. we're going to tell you how much this independence day celebration will cost you. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt. fascinating new twists in the sex assault case against the former head of the imf. first, a big weekend in orlando in the casey anthony murder trial. closing arguments scheduled for tomorrow as the case enters its final phase. friday saw dramatic testimony from the employer of cindy anthony, that's casey's mom. the employee refuted sipdy's testimony that she searched for the term chloroform on her home computer because he say she was at work at the time. >> it appears to be from on the screen there's activity throughout the account throughout this
MSNBC
Jul 8, 2011 12:00pm EDT
an agreement on the debt ceiling. >>> our top story it was touch and no go for a big waiting and wondering game to see if the weather could cooperate. about half an hour ago the "atlantis" was cleared for takeoff and off it went. take a look. >> america will continue the dream. >> this is the 135th and final space shuttle flight. with it nasa's 30-year shuttle program comes to an end. msnbc's tam ron hall host of "news nation" is live at cape canaveral. you were will watching the entire thing, tam ron. could you feel it? >> absolutely. you know, richard, before the launch, several of the veterans around here told me that you could actually feel the ground shake and ufld feel the tremor. i thought, these are urban myths that you hear. not only did ulf, i felt the tremendous morse. i felt it reverberate through my body. we are the conduit for those at home, i was moved to tears witnessing that four-person crew going up on the final launch of the shuttle program. it is incredible. "atlantis" has traveled other 115 million miles. it is the lightest in the fleet. it was built at a rapid pace because
MSNBC
Jul 17, 2011 8:00am EDT
>>> two big developing stories. gone to parts unknown, casey anthony, the florida woman acquitted of murder free from custody just after midnight today. we'll hear about the scene outside of the jail and talk to someone who was inside when anthony left. plus, where might she be right now? >>> the other developing story, countdown to a deal. new reports that the president and congressional leaders may meet today to try to hammer out a debt ceiling agreement. will that happen soon or go down the wire? good morning, i'm richard lui. alex witt is off today. welcome to msnbc sunday. topping our hour we'll start with casey anthony. after nearly three years behind bars she's a free woman this morning. the 25-year-old was released from jail just after midnight eastern time 12 days after she was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter. outside of the jail hundreds gathered, carrying signs of protest or support of anthony. inside one nbc photo news journalist was in the procession room when casey was released. he described what happened. >> she was just total vision through the doo
MSNBC
Jul 10, 2011 10:00am EDT
>>> big news in washington this morning. one debt ceiling deal appears dead. will a critical meeting later today help save the american economy? new details about how the cia tracked down osama bin laden. the story of one analyst's dogged determination to get the leader. >>> rolling out the red carpet. the british royal company meets and greets some hollywood's biggest royalty. the scoop and buzz from their trip. >>> the 10 million mile man. you're going to meet the guy who just set a new record for the most flights on an airline ever. pretty cool stuff. good morning. i'm thomas roberts in for alex witt today. thanks for joining us. we get right to it. two big issues are making headlines this morning in washington. jobs and the debt ceiling talks. treasury secretary tim geithner appeared on "meet the press" with host david gregory. >> it's going to take a long time still. h is a very tough economy. i think for a lot of people it's going to feel very hard, harder than anything they've experienced in their lifetime now for some time to come. that is because that is the tragic e
MSNBC
Jul 10, 2011 8:00am EDT
>>> big news in washington this morning. one debt ceiling deal seems dead. will a critical meeting later today help save the country's economy. >>> the space shuttle docks for the last time with the space station. we'll get a unique perspective from a former astronaut. >>> rolling out the red carpet. take a look at this. the british royal couple meet and greet some of hollywood's biggest stars. we'll get all the buzz from their trip. >>> busting medical myths. a new book that separates fact from fiction on some big health questions. for example, does vitamin c really help stop holds? i'd like to think so. >>> good morning, i'm thomas roberts. alex witt has the day off. welcome to msnbc sunday. big news to talk about from washington this morning on those debt ceiling talks. it appears at least one deal is dead. the so-called grand bargain between the white house and the gop will not be happening. the grand deal called for $4 trillion in spending cuts and closing some tax loopholes. now republican house speaker john boehner says he wants no tax hikes included in the deal. but could a
MSNBC
Jul 27, 2011 12:00pm EDT
>>> good wednesday everybody. i'm contessa brewer covering the big news coast to coast. the big story we're watching right now, debt, deficit, downgrade, deadlock. there's six more days until the august 2nd debt default deadline. really, does anybody think there's going to be a deal? >> it can pass the house and pass the senate. i hope the president will consider signing it into law. >> the speaker's proposal cannot pass the senate, will not reach the president's desk. >> another day, another delay as washington tries to come up with a debt deal. today's breaking news a bipartisan group did the math on both the duelling democratic and republican debt plans and both come up short on their projected savings goals. democrats put their bill on hold. while republicans scramble to rewrite theirs. >> things are very fluid. >> today's house vote tabled while gop leaders try to get reluctant freshman on board. >> i want a solution, not a deal. i don't think this goes far enough. >> does this keep us in the battle. >> john boehner has a group of people that believe their way is the correc
MSNBC
Jul 9, 2011 9:00am EDT
happened essentially is that this jobs report came over and poured a big bucket of cold water on hopes of a quicker recovery. it tells you that there was a slowdown and a real standstill in hiring that happened in may and june. what we're going to be looking for, by the way, next week is the beginning of earnings season to try to see that if in the slow growth economy companies found a way to make money again. >> steve also says companies hoping to see more confidence on the part of consumers before they have the confidence to start hiring. >>> capitol hill will be buzzing today ahead of a major meeting at the white house tomorrow on the debt ceiling. top lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will sit down president obama and vice president biden hoping to get closer to cutting a deal. this morning the president said there is common ground, but it will mean unpopular decisions by both parties. >> we agree on some of the big things. we agree that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to get our fiscal house in order. we agreed that to do that both sides are going to ha
MSNBC
Jul 12, 2011 12:00pm EDT
>>> good day. i'm in for con tesz ya brewer. we're covering the big news from coast to coast. the hot topic is just that. we're talking about the sorching summer heat. >> beautiful weather out there if you love heat and humidity. today will be the hottest and most humid day of the summer. >> today? >> look at the numbers. right up into the triple digits. >> dallas has been baking in 100 degree temperatures for ten straight days. >> horrible. horrible. >> near hudson, texas, it's not the heat or the humidity, that's the drought. >> oouf never seen it like this. >> across the south temperatures are soaring and water levels are sinning. it's so bad a south georgia man is sharing the water from his pool. >> we're carrying buckets of water back and forth to the neighbors. >> in the midwest oppressive heat claimed one life. a man found dead inside his mobile home on sunday, the air conditioner wasn't working. >> this is oppressive and dangerous heat affecting more than 20 states and more than 90 million people. >> there are heat advisories or warnings in 24 of the 48 lower states.
MSNBC
Jul 20, 2011 12:00pm EDT
like to say as well just how sorry i am. >> my big question today, will one of the murdochs take the fall for the phone hacking scandal? of course you can reach me on facebook and twitter. to answer that question, let's bring in a reporter for "the washington post" style section. it's good to see you today, paul. what do you think? do you think that we're going to see either rupert or james take the fall? >> at this point barring any other revelations that's a big if i don't think so. the murdoch family controls about 40% of news corp. it has the board pretty much in its pocket. unlikely that they will be forced to resign as a result of this. in the absence of anything else happening. >> his board of directors whose responsibility has been to shareholders has been rather meek and silence on this scandal. now you have a director, tom perkins telling "the wall street journal" that rupert's a genius that and that the board thinks it needs him. how crucial is rupert to the future success of the company? >> well, rupert murdoch built news corp. from a single newspaper in australia in
MSNBC
Jul 23, 2011 9:00am EDT
's go now to washington. it's big news inside the beltway today. the latest debt deal broke down last night, but in just less than two hours now, lawmakers are iffing to be back at the white house to restart negotiations. the talks fell apart last night when john boehner walked away from the table blaming the white house for the failure. well, the president pointeded a finger at the gop. the two appeared at back to back news conferences. >> it is hard to understand why speaker boehner would walk away from this kind of deal if it was unbalanced, it was unbalanced in the direction of not enough revenue. the sdmroo the white house moved the goal post. there was an agreement with the white house and $800 billion in re new. it's the president who walked away from his agreement and demanded more money at the last minute. >> well, joining me now nbc white house correspondent mike vicara. good morning to you, mike. what is the big sticking point here? how did things go wrong so fast, or is that only our perception of it? >> yeah, you know, you are absolutely right. it just collapsed. these te
MSNBC
Jul 23, 2011 10:00am EDT
. >>> the big business of gay marriage. one day before same sex couples tie the knot in new york, how some companies are planning to cash in. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc saturday. we have two developments in two deadly attacks carried out in norway that left 91 people dead. police have one man in custody suspected in both attacks. one was a bomb set off in downtown oslo, and the other happened not long after when a gunman went on a shooting spree at a teen summer camp at an island outside of oslo. martin fletcher joins me on the phone from oslo. martin, let's talk about what police are revealing about the suspect. what do they know? >> reporter: well, alex, he's 32 years old, and he's a norwegian. interestingly on his facebook page he updated his facebook page just a week ago, and on that he called himself a conservative and he called himself a christian and he said his favorite hobby was hunting. so this paints a picture of a man who seems to be -- well, how can you describe such a person? radical of some kind. the police are saying it looks like it was the
MSNBC
Jul 24, 2011 8:00am EDT
'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." big developments expected on the debt ceiling debate. john boehner hopes to unveil a new deal by 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. mike viqueira has more. good sunday morning, mike. >> reporter: well, good morning to you. crunch time in washington after talks in the white house blew up between republicans and president friday night. congressional leaders and staff have been scrambling to find a way out of the mounting crisis and of course, there are nine days to go before the first possible default in u.s. financial history and government history. leaders hope to announce at least later today the framework for an agreement. and they're doing that in part to soothe worldwide market jitters that many of the markets open late today eastern time around the world for monday openings and there's a great deal of concern an adverse effect. john boehner has a proposal on the table. leaders huddled last night to look at it. call for $1 trillion in cuts but dealing with major questions, the most volatile questions that we've seen, including cuts and changes to
MSNBC
Jul 2, 2011 8:00am EDT
, but the big deal now, how to raise taxes, whether taxes should be raised at all, and not just taxes on ordinary americans. subsidies and tax credits for what the president calls tax cats and ceos of hedge fund managers. this is a political symbol to bash republicans. republicans call that class warfare. they call it demogoguery. it's senator dan coats, an indiana republican, and his response today to the president. >> unfortunately, the president's spending plan has failed. now is the time for sdisive leadership from this president. it's time to cast aside the false safety of political denial in re-election hopes and put the future of our country above all else. >> reporter: alex, something unheard of has happened in washington over the past week. the senate was scheduled to go in recess. they canceled the recess. hard to remember the last time that happened. they were under political pressure by the president and others to not leave washington, to come to the table as the clock ticks toward august 2nd, but as you can see, it appears we're still in the shouting stage. everybody posi
MSNBC
Jul 23, 2011 11:00am EDT
at the white house, there were eight. it came out in the open at one point that group was too big. even eight of the top congressional leaders, too unmanageable and too unwielding. harry reid and nancy pelosi, and mitch mcconnell from the senate and john boehner who has been the president's chief interlocker over the several weeks. the question is can they pick up the pieces after the deal crashed and burned, the so-called grand bargain last night? ak moneyy back and forth. the president accusing house speaker john boehner of not returning telephone calls. the target is always moving, and moving the goalpost particular eye the issue of taxes, alex. john boehner said we had an deal on $800 billion in revenues. similar to analogous to taxes in washington speak. over the course of ten years, i've got more on my blackberry at this moment. the president came back to the republicans earlier in the week after getting an earful from democrats after seeing a rival plan emerge in the senate that had higher tax revenues. they blame that for kind of messing this whole thing up, fouling up the whole deal,
MSNBC
Jul 7, 2011 12:00pm EDT
brewer, covering the big news from coast to coast. the big story today, casey anthony will be out of jail in less than one week. moments ago, we learned the florida mother acquitted of murdering her own 2-year-old daughter will be released next wednesday, july 13th. on tuesday, she was convicted on all counts of lying to police. this morning, judge belvin perry announced what that would cost her. >> i will sentence you to one year in the orange county jail, imposing a $1,000 fine on each count. all four counts to run consecutive to each other, giving you credit for the time that you have previously served. >> that credit amounted to just over 1,000 days. let's go live now to orlando. nbc is outside the courthouse with the very latest on what has happened this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, richard. that was six days short of the worst case scenario for those protesters that gathered around this morning outside the courtroom. certainly not comforting, not even six weeks or six months, not even six years is anywhere near what they wanted or what they consid
MSNBC
Jul 17, 2011 11:00am EDT
're paying lip service, richard, at a very minimum, asking for that big deal, that grand bargain that we've heard so much about, and the president says he's still pressing for it. his omb director, budget director jack lew, had something to say about that this morning as well. >> he wants the largest deal possible. he wants to do the most we can to reduce the deficit. that would be the right thing to do for the american people. he made it clear he's willing to go into areas that he's not in the past been comfortable going into. i think that one can see a path to getting well over a trillion on things that we should be able to agree to. >> so richard, we're essentially in a holding pattern here. what's playing out are politics within each conference and caucus on capitol hill between republicans and democrats, between house and senate. republicans for their part this week are going to push forward an amendment to the constitution requiring a balanced budget. they say this is what's needed. even if it were to be ratified, which is considered a long shot, obviously it would do nothing in th
MSNBC
Jul 23, 2011 8:00am EDT
a stumbling block along the way to a potential big agreement. they've been negotiating all along behind closed doors. alex wrshs. >> okay. thank you very much, mike. see you next hour. >>> well, this week's nbc news-wall street journal poll found a majority of americans are worried about the effects of not striking a deal soon. 55% of voters say it is a real and serious problem if they fail to raise the debt limit. 18% say it would not be a problem. i'm joined now about nbc's deputy political director mark murray. good morning to you, mark. >> good morning, alex. >> as we look at that poll, most americans want to see something get done. why can't washington make this happen? >> well, according to our poll, alex, almost all americans want some type of compromise, but not everyone does. overwhelming majorities of democrats and independents say they want democratic leaders to compromise. also, an overwhelming majority of political independents want republican leaders to comp midz. the exception? a majority of republican respondents want their republican leaders to hold their ground and stick thei
MSNBC
Jul 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
's going to be a big question mark as to how long mitch mcconnell will stay on that position and whether or not harry reid tables the boehner bill later today or tomorrow. there is no clear consensus on capitol hill over what they will do in order to raise the debt limit. there are ongoing negotiations between staffs, between mcconnell, reid, boehner all talking to some degree in unison. right now the gop wants to pursue the boehner plan which is a dead end in the united states senate. they're confident it's going to pass today. the rules committee meets at 12:50. john boehner said he was smiling as he left the meeting with his fellow members today, contessa. >> mike, let's go to you. we just found out from president obama's twitter page that he's even reiterating his request again for america people to call their lawmakers to demand a solution. the time for putting party first is over. if you want to see a bipartisan compromise let congress know. call, email, tweet and then he signs it barack obama. what's the white house hoping to accomplish by asking the american people to get involve
MSNBC
Jul 2, 2011 9:00am EDT
. >> so many rumors and reports have clouded the last fwo two weeks. talk of a big argument, in which sources say charlene ran for the airport. another woman is claiming to have a child out of wed lock with albert. he has two, but the palace denies this. charlene, obviously, is staying. >> she said yes. >> yes. maybe it's not sure. >> still one more day. >> yes. >> i like the prince, and i like all of them, and they look happy. >> thank you very much to all our friends from around the world. fwloo it was a day for their royal subjects to remember. the couple invited every citizen. more than 7,000 to an outdoor party, a very euro concert, sinthesizers blaze and a brilliant light and fireworks display. the couple even looked like they were having a little fun at times. and today will be theirs. with monaco hoping the new sur even line esprincess charlene will remain surine here always. >> viva monaco. >> so today they get to do the big walk down the aisle. the bride will wear armani, 3,500 guests, an american soprano will perform. there will be crowned heads, super stars, super models,
MSNBC
Jul 9, 2011 10:00am EDT
with the president at the white house tomorrow. here's the president today. >> we agree on system of the big things. we agreed that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to feet get our fiscal house in order. to do that, both sides have to step outside of their con fort zones to make political sacrifices. and we agree we simply cannot afford to default on the national obligations for the first time in our history. >> joining me now is white house correspondent mike have a caro. good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> are there enough of the similarities done to get the deal done this weekend? >> reporter: well, that's a great question. and a lot of people are drawing lines in the sand. over the past several weeks as we have led up to this very crucial, this critical weekend, alec, it appears there's really very little wiggle room. but we shall see. what's on the table is something of historic proportion. $4 trillion in spending cuts over ten years, over 12 years, that's one of the things being ironed out. of course, you know the story here. $14.3 trillion, that's the u.s. na
MSNBC
Jul 9, 2011 11:00am EDT
. >> what happened essentially is that this jobs report came over and poured a big bucket of cold water on quick hopes of a recovery. it tells you there was a slowdown and the word used was a standstill in hiring that happened in may and june. what we are going to be looking for next week is the beginning of earnings season. they will try to see if in this company companies can make money again. >> steve said many are looking for the confidence to start hiring. >>> it is a working weekend for congress right now struggling to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling. crucial negotiations on a possible deal will take place at the white house tomorrow. this is what the president said on the talks this morning. >> we agree on some of the big things. we agreed that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to get our fiscal house in order. we agreed in order to do that both sides have to step outside of their comfort zones and make some political sacrifices. and we agree that we simply cannot afford to default on our national obligations for the first time in our history. >> well,
MSNBC
Jul 13, 2011 12:00pm EDT
of india one of the ten largest in the world. another big story we're coffering today, divided over the debt. with the debt clock tick angd the two sides no closer to a deal, the senate's top republican tosses out a hail mary pass. >> after years of discussions and months of negotiations, i have little question that as long as this president is in the oval office a real solution is probably untaenable. >> mr. mcconnell said i think the day that i was elected that his job was to try to see me beat. i think what the american people are looking for is not that kind of partisan politics. >> back to the bargaining table they'll go today. both sides seemingly dug in. no clear way forward and president obama warning the dire consequences. >> can you tell the folks at home that no matter what happens the social security checks are going to go ou on august 3rd? >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved that issue. there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it. >> with pessimism growing, republican leader mitch mcconnell is pitching a plan
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
to a short-term agreement on raising the debt ceiling as long as it's part of a big deal. yesterday, he called democratic leaders and later, republicans to the white house for more talks. gop leaders called those meetings productive. then there's the renewed gang of six plan, which offers a blueprint for a deal. >> devil is in the details. >> it doesn't have the stamp now of the committees on the house and senate side and that is going to be essential. >> but it has problems, too. some liberal members worry about its impact on social security and medicare, and the closed door meetings that led to the plan. >> we are an anti-gang group. we are trying to suppress the growth of gangs. we think that it is not healthy for washington. >> the negotiations could go down to the wire, with the nation's spending power hanging in the balance. >> it isn't perfect but when the alternative is we're going to drive this country over the cliff, i think we got to start with something that actually gets the job done. >> the one thing we've been committed to is getting a solution. >> mike, where do we stand
MSNBC
Jul 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
backed bill included big spending cuts, a cap on spending and a constitutional amendment. >> it's a correct approach. this is fundamentally a spending problem. >> it passed in the house earlier this house. >> this vote the yeas are the 34. >> today majority leader harry reid grudgingly scheduled a senate vote. it failed just as he predicted. >> this is a very, very bad piece of legislation. >> today's vote could clear the way for one of several compromise deals. >> we all know mr. president there are talks going on between president obama and speaker boehner. >> this was a bit of hope yesterday when "the new york times" reported a possible deal between president obama and house speaker boehner. both sides quickly denied it. >> there is no deal. we are not close to a deal. >> there is no deal. no deal publicly, no deal privately. there is absolutely no deal. >> but he didn't say they're not talking about it. >> we've got to keep the lines of communication open. we talked about fall back options if in fact cut, cap and balance does go down. i do think that it's our obligation to h
MSNBC
Jul 24, 2011 9:00am EDT
strong is the right wing here? how big is this pool of people that could produce such a person? >> that pool of people, i would say, is very, very limited. what we see here is a rather extreme single instance, rather than something representative. >> reporter: the maximum punishment in norway for any crime, 21 years in president. if convicted the 32-year-old suspect will be back on the streets when he's 53 years old. >> we'll hear from martin late. >> americans are expressing their support for norway. on saturday mourns are created a makeshift memorial in washington, d.c., where people left flowers, flags, and candles and cards by a statue in front of the norwegian embassy. president obama offered his condolences to the people of norway. >>> golfer suzanne peterson of norway expressed her sorrow by wearing a black arm band participating in the masters in france. the number three ranked play in the world says she's deeply upset by friday's bombing and shooting deaths calling it the biggest disaster in norway's history. >>> for the latest on the massacre in norway, including new
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Jul 31, 2011 11:00am EDT
really becomes a big story if this is the deal. >> luke russert, thank you for telling it like it is. >> take care. >> for more on where the debt debate stands, check out the white house with david plouffe. it will reair on "meet the press" on 2:00 p.m. right here. >>> the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen told soldiers in kandahar if talks fail they still have to fight but might not get paid. >> plenty of you live paycheck to paycheck if paychecks stop, it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> and then there at camp leather neck, mullen told marines, all services face cutbacks in size and possibly as well in military benefits. >>> as you heard from nbc's luke russert, the reaction is mixed on capitol hill to reports on the white house that the gop has reach aid deal. with signs of dissent on the left and right in the house of representatives. joining me now is eddie berniece from texas. good morning. where do you stand on things this morning? what are you hearing overall? >> all i'm hearing i'm hearing on msnbc. we have not communicated with each o
MSNBC
Jul 10, 2011 9:00am EDT
, 6:00 out west. here is what's happening foreyou this morning. big news on the debt ceiling on the eve of today's meeting at that time white house. republicans pulled out of the grand bargain. the grand deal called for $4 trillion in spending cuts. republican house speaker john boehner says he wants no tax hikes included in the deal. could a plan for $2 trillion in cuts still work. nbc news white house correspondent mike viqueira has more on why this collapsed. >> good morning, thomas. >> john boehner is voting for a smaller measure. what's included in the $2 trillion plan that's getting these talks still invigorated? >> let's first sift through the wreckage of what happened late last night. it is extraordinaire, thomas. president obama and house speaker john boehner had agreed they wanted to go big. bigness is a target they said here at the white house. $4.5 trillion, it would have been on a historic scale. we're talking about a dramatic over all of the tax code, reducing tax rates. eliminating entire tax brackets, simplifying the tax code, closing loopholes, tax breaks, su
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Jul 11, 2011 12:00pm EDT
warned failing to reach a deal would be catastrophic. >> we need to do something very big, very substantial to bring our long-term deficits down. >> arizona congressman is the co-chairman of the house progressive kau sus. thanks for joining us today. i want to play a little bit more sound from the president during his news conference and i want to get your thoughts. >> thank you. >> i do not see a path to a deal if they don't budge, period. if the basic proposition is it's my way or the highway, then we're probably not going to get something done because we've got divided government. >> how did he do? is the president digging in his heels? who do you think will blink first? >> i hope that essential programs that democratics have been supporting that we feel have been the only things that have been talked about, social security, medicare, medicaid that i hope he does dig in his heels. there has to be revenue generation. the tax policies of the republicans have got us into this mess, into this debt there is no job creation going on regardless of those tax cuts. we need jobs that's
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Jul 18, 2011 12:00pm EDT
as she stepped into the night and into a waiting suv. big smile on her face there. that suv drove away that's the last the public saw of casey. according to attorney chany mason that's some of the last we'll see of her for some time. >> i think if you're waiting to see her in court again, you'd better get a rocking chair. as far as all the rumors about paid interviews and books and movies there's been no truth to any of that. nothing has been agreed to in any capacity whatsoever. >> we're live in orlando, are you getting any clues about her whereabouts? >> reporter: not really. she really did vanish. her team here, her legal team effectively did what they wanted to pull off. she left the jail here, got into that suv, drove down the road right here which was closed off. there was nom news helicopters that chased. but there were a variety of s.u.v.'s out there. when they got into downtown it was sort of hard to keep track of which was which behind the buildings. next thing you know the news choppers lost her in the darkness downtown. then there was at an airport one of the s.u.v.'s had g
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Jul 24, 2011 10:00am EDT
, alex. some good news for some. we're lessening the heat, pushing it further south with this big ridge now going to park itself over at least the central part of the u.s., where the heat and drought will continue. right over the state of texas even through wednesday, you can see this little dip in the jet stream. that brings some slightly cooler air, not as hot air into parts of the east here, but right by friday the ridge is going to build back in and we could see temperatures in the low to mid 90s. i certainly don't think any more 90 degree or 100-degree heat, excuse me, but we're still going to see hot stuff. the heat advisories, watches and warnings in effect basically from philly south along the coast and into the nation's midsection where this heat wave has taken the toll. right around two dozen fatalities, unfortunately, from this big heat wave. so it is a big story. and the other big story has been the rainfall here in and around places like chicago where we've had heavy rain, record rainfall yesterday. more problems. and the drought continues across the south, alex, where we w
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Jul 30, 2011 8:00am EDT
to figure something out over the weekend. >> yeah. you know, luke, the big difference between the house gop plan and the senate democrat plan is that this balanced budget amendment, that's what the gop wants. beyond that, though, both plans seem to call for spending caps for special committees to find more deficit cuts. they almost seem similar, though, when i posed that to chuck todd, he was, like, yeah, but there are very important big points, and they're far apart on those. do you agree with that? it's one of those things which if you had approached this to a republican last year, they would have signed it in two seconds. the top leadership aides will admit that. to talk about the reid deal. what you see the similarities is trillion dollars in spending, spending caps. the two significant differences, though, are this. it's the balanced budget amendment that was added specifically because the tea party freshmen in the house wanted it in there, and on top of that, democrats do not want to go play for this process again in about six or sech months. they want this to go through 2012 because
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Jul 2, 2011 10:00am EDT
? >> well, i think that the state, for all the negative we say about the defense, the state has a very big burden to meet here and i'm not sure they're going to to prove first degree premedicated murder. that carries death. they're going to have to prove that the 84 searches on the computer were premeditation. chloroform searches, neck breaking searches, internal injury searches. they're going to have to tie that to casey as the premeditation for doing away with her daughter. the defense, oh, alex, i can't pick one thing that they need to concentrate on. the big ugly umbrella hanging off the defense for their closing is their opening statement. it was so full of assertions that were not proved that i just don't know how they're going to recue the mess. >> how long are they supposed to present these closing arguments? this is not going to be a quick open and shut. we have a death penalty potential here. >> right, the prosecution said early on, the lead attorney, really good attorney, that her presentation would take about a day. we have jury instructions, too, which i hate to say, it's the
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Jul 2, 2011 11:00am EDT
be drawn there from. now, the big question is will the defense bring up again those claims that casey anthony was molested by her father and brother to explain her behavior and her lying regardless of the fact we've heard little evidence to support these claims. this, we will hear tomorrow. >> and with the rebuttle case, who did they call to the stand? >> we know that one of the most important pieces for the state's case is to prove that this was a premeditated murder. the premeditation charge was challenged when we heard cindy anthony on the stand last week saying that she was reasonable for searching chloroform, neck breaking and a series of other rather incriminating items on the household computer and so, the prosecution brought in yesterday a series of witnesses, one of which was an officer at her company who could prove according to her time sheets, that she was at work and not at home when those suspicious searches for being made. there was also a challenge to dr. spitz' opinion. he was brought in by the defense, that the autopsy made on caylee's body was shoddy. so that's what
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Jul 17, 2011 9:00am EDT
. the big question is there any relief in sight. alex wallace has an update. it's the duration that we're concerned about here. >> absolutely, you know if it was one or two days we could take it. we've complained but we can handle it. unfortunately we're talking about all the way through at least the end of next week having to deal with this heat and because of that we got excessive heat warns that stretch as you mentioned right in the mid-section of the country. already this morning out there for us we have very warm feel like temperatures, feels like right now this early morning in minneapolis, 91 degrees. we're only going get hotter as we get into this afternoon. sunday afternoon highs from texas all the way to the northern plains, triple-digit heat, rapid city dealing with that. once we work our way into monday, working with 100 in oklahoma city and start to to see some of this heat begin to spread its way to the east. some areas that are not too bad by the end of the week will feel pretty hot in a lot of those areas. we're tracking some rain. much needed rain along the gulf coast.
MSNBC
Jul 6, 2011 12:00pm EDT
of how it could be done. >>> now to washington, a big meeting on the hill tomorrow. leaders from both sides of the aisle will come together to try a break a deadlock over the nation's debt. yesterday president obama made a rare appearance in the white house briefing room to urge lawmakers to show up with the right attitude. >> it's my hope to everybody's going to leave their ultimatums at the door. they will leave political rhetoric at the door and we're going to do what's best for our economy and do what's best for our people. >> house speaker john boehner put out this tough statement quote saying, i am happy at the moment to discuss these issues at the white house, but these discussions will be fruitless until the president recognizes economic and legislative reality. luke russert covers capitol hill for us. luke, part of that discussion is the mini deal with senators reid and mcconnell were discussing earlier. where does that stand in this discussion so far? >> it's interesting, one of the things that is being thrown up on capitol hill is somewhat of a mini deal. saying look, there
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Jul 25, 2011 12:00pm EDT
-term deal. let's look for the big fix. the president says, luke, let's go for the big fix and now the republicans are going, wait a minute. what gives? luke. >> politics is the art of the possible. a lot of folks on capitol hill feel right now that a short-term solution is the only thing possible because of the eight-day time window that you mentioned. that being said, there are two very different plans which you talked about in the introduction which are going through capitol hill right now. speaker boehner plan is going to have an extension, which gets us through the wipter. i'm told that speaker boehner's going to brief his house republican conference at 2:00 p.m. about the details of that plan. won't get extremely specific. then for all intensive purposes it looks from discussions i've had with certain aides that you can see as early as wednesday a house of representatives votes on speaker boehner's plan. harry reid is going to go his own way with a $2.7 trillion reduction plan across the board. both of these contessa are different than any of the grand bargains. reid's extend
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Jul 31, 2011 10:00am EDT
couple of days. here is the heat. this is the big story. high pressure continuing, it's been locked in all summer. sunshine, temperatures in the 100s. upper 90s around baltimore. monday, even on into tuesday. watch the numbers. 92, new york city on tuesday. and 110 in dallas. by tuesday afternoon that would make like day 32 in a row of 100-degree plus heat. and we'll continue to see the heat through the week. showers, thundershowers on radar through parts of new york state. and bigger clusters down through parts of carolinas. they'll continue to roll east. quiet weather basically in the northern tier of the u.s. and some showers and thundershowers across parts of the southeast today, once we get daytime heating. we keep the heat where it's been. >> okay, thank you so much. >>> miracle landing. a jet from new york crashes just short of a deep ravine, and everyone on board survives. jew you'll hear from a passenger. >>> will iran free the two american hikers held in tehran? they heed to their final trial today. >>> and the behind the scene negotiations on capitol hill. why are we seei
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Jul 23, 2011 7:00am EDT
is the last day of the big heat here. tomorrow is a cooler day and much better next week. >> for those of us who had to walk through the city yesterday this concrete jungle when you walked past those stores with the air-conditioning blowing out, a second of relief as you walk through it. can i ask you about the humidity danger. we had 104 yesterday as you're saying that's two degrees shy of an all time high. but you know, you add in the humidity, eric, 113, 114 it feels like. how does this make things dangerous? >> it stresses your body. when you sweat you can feel when it's humid it sits on you. when that evaporates in dry air that's how your body cools off. when it's humid outside, you don't get that relief. your body is working harder that's when people succumb to heatstroke and heat related issues. that's what makes this weather so dashlgs. >> eric fisher many thanks. >>> well developing now in europe. a nation in shock this morning after a killing spree claims the lives of at least 91 people apparently carried out by one man. police in norway say they've arrested a man connected to both
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Jul 26, 2011 12:00pm EDT
. luke, what kind of response are lawmakers getting today on capitol hill? >> quite a big one, contessa. we can report that earlier this morning the house call center the communication arm of the house in charge of all the house telephones sent out an email to members saying quote, due to the high volume of external calls to the house telephone circuits they are near capacity. some members should be receiving busy signals. several house websites crashed specifically that of speaker of the house john boehner. the question is whether or not it will transfer into some sort of change of what the status quo is right now and that really is both sides digging in quite rigidly on their plans. democrats supporting harry reid's plan the $2.7 trillion cut across the board. republicans in favor of john boehner's plan, with an extension of the debt limit. that's where both sides are still very much. >> kristen, let's talk with you about where the white house goes from here. can they capitalize on this? the people are willing to go online -- i had trouble getting on the house website today maybe not
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Jul 30, 2011 9:00am EDT
to have a couple big social security payments and interest payments due, so it's not entirely clear to the markets or to anybody else when treasury will exhaust its reserves. >> annie lowery, economic and business reporter for slate. >>> well, joining me from the hill now illinois republican congressman robert dold who serves on the financial services committee. representative dold, thanks for being here this morning. it's a busy day. >> thanks for having me. i appreciate it. >> i know, sir, that you supported john boehner's plan, but you say you would have voted for it without a budget balanced amendment. why are some of your colleagues saying they need that fully knowing it would not pass the senate? >> the number of my colleagues booef e plea of we have to change the way washington is working, so we've been grossly overspending for a long period of time. it's been happening on both sides of the aisle. it's a clear washington problem. american families have tightened their belt. american businesses have done the same. they should expect that the federal government should be able t
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Jul 30, 2011 11:00am EDT
depends on how big it it is then when it goes back to the house. >> is there enough time to get it together and actually pass something? >> you know, i think there is in washington time. it doesn't look like there is because of how slow things typically move, but this is very, very real, and when you're scheduling 1:00 a.m. cloture votes, they know the time is ticking. it's 85 hours and counting, and you know, they're going to have to get a deal because they see the consequences, not only economically, but politically. >> okay. as ridiculous as this may sound to some, was there ever a possibility about like a one-page document simply raising the debt ceiling and then dealing with the rest of this stuff when we don't have this, you know, deadline hanging over our heads of august 2nd? >> that's what the house republicans and sort of the tea party caucus would not go along with. remember, that was president obama's original position, raise the debt ceiling separate and then we'll deal with spending cuts later. but that is not being allowed by many in the tea party caucus because fr
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Jul 3, 2011 9:00am EDT
supported by evidence, and of course the molestation is a big deal. what jose baez was trying to show judge perry, according to himthere's as much evidence of a murder by chloroform as there is of a sexual molestation in the hands of casey's father, george anthony, or her brother. keep in mind, the only person who has spoke been some type of molestation or attempt is ex-boyfriend of casey's interrogated who was questioned. he said some point casey told him that she had been molested by her brother or her brother tried to do something. now, this is coming from casey, whose credibility of course challenged throughout the case in terms of the chloroform, they did find chloroform in casey anthony's car. i'm not sure you can equate those two as jose baez is trying to do. now they're determining the instructions that will be given to the jury and the charges to which they can convict or not casey. >> okay. lilia, stand by, if you will, and we'll bring in our two attorneys sitting through all of this with us this morning. randy and jonnah. how important is this, the issue of sexual abuse, from geo
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Jul 4, 2011 12:00pm EDT
to go. >> let's talk about the foreperson, who again can really have i think a big influence on how long or short the deliberation is. see how organized they are in their deliberation. how many votes they get to take. how important is that in your view? >> it's essential. i mean the foreperson is the leader of this jury. they have the power to keep the jury on track, make sure that people are focussing on what they need to focus on. but at the same time they have the power, a very strong power to influence the jury. that is a power that can be used in a positive way or in a negative way. we really have to see what happens here as we know in the o.j. simpson trial juries act in unpredictable ways. ways that we couldn't expect. i think the foreperson has a very, very important role here. >> do you think they will take a vote right away, if so, how many of those jurors do you think the core 12 are going back with their minds pretty much made up? >> hopefully none of them are going back with their minds made up yet. they will take a vote as to the top charge. given this vast menu of possibil
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Jul 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
>>> welcome back. i'montessa brewer back in the saddle covering the big news coast to coast. we begin with breaking news. the judge in the roger clemens perjury trial has just declared a mistrial. nbc's pete williams is in washington, d.c. what's the judge saying about this trial, pete? >> reporter: well, the judge has said he'll decide at a hearing on september 2nd, almost two months from now, where we go from here. this trial had just started yesterday with opening statements from both sides and the prosecutors had begun calling witnesses, but the judge had told the prosecutors in advance that certain evidence was off-limits and one of the things that was off-limits was related to testimony by a friend and former teammate of roger clemens named andy pettitte who had played with him on two major league teams. andy pettitte has said that roger clemens told him he used human growth hormone. clemens says that pettitte is mistaken. what's at issue here is a legal document, sort of sworn statement by the wife of andy pettitte, who says yeah, i heard my husband tell me that roger tol
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Jul 24, 2011 11:00am EDT
of potential violence. >> how strong is the right wing here, and how big is this pool of people that could produce such a person? >> that pool of people, i would say, is very, very limited. what we see here is a rather extreme single instance rather than something representative. >> reporter: the maximum punishment in norway for any crime is 21 years in prison. if convicted, the 32-year-old suspect would be back on the streets when he's 53 years old. just hours before he began his murder spree the suspect posted a manifesto on the internet. he said he wanted to stop muslim immigration into europe and he hoped the attack would focus attention on his political views. now he's been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned tomorrow. alex? >> thank you very much, martin fletcher from oslo. well, americans are expressing their support for norway. on saturday mourners created a makeshift memorial in washington, d.c., where people left flowers, flags, candles, and cards by a statue in front of the norwegian embassy. president obama has also offered his condolences to the people of norway. and
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